National Catholic Register: We Can’t Be Distracted and Deflected From Getting to the Root of This Scandal

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We Can’t Be Distracted and Deflected From Getting to the Root of This Scandal A NOTE FROM OUR PUBLISHER Michael Warsaw SEP. 7, 2018 Since Archbishop Carlo Viganò, the former Vatican nuncio to the United States, published his testimony claiming that the highest levels of the Vatican have long known of the scandal surrounding disgraced Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, the responses have fallen within predictable — and mostly ideological — lines. Critical voices contend the motive for our publication of Archbishop Viganò’s testimony arises out of an ideological disagreement with Pope Francis or some sort of coordinated conspiracy against him. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our record is clear. From the first moments of his papacy, EWTN has brought more hours of live coverage of Pope Francis into homes around the globe than any other media organization in existence. The Register, like the rest of EWTN, has covered the …

The Weekly Standard: What Francis Knew

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What Francis Knew MARK HEMINGWAY Sept 8th, 2018 Conservatives pounce, the media fiddles. In 2016, after the film Spotlight—which portrayed a group of Boston Globe reporters who uncover a sex-abuse scandal covered-up by the Catholic Church—won the Academy Award for best picture, a cultural commentator praised the movie on the Vatican website. The Globe reporters, wrote Luca Pellegrini, “made themselves examples of their most pure vocation, that of finding the facts, verifying sources, and making themselves—for the good of the community and of a city—paladins of the need for justice.” Two years later, as a far worse abuse scandal unfolds in the church—a scandal that may involve the pope himself—the Vatican is silent and the paladins of the news media seem eager to ignore the whole thing. https://www.weeklystandard.com/mark-hemingway/what-francis-knew

National Catholic Reporter: Companion letters ask pope for answers on abuse crisis

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Companion letters ask pope for answers on abuse crisis Sep 7, 2018 by Mark Pattison, WASHINGTON — A pair of open letters to Pope Francis asking him for answers to charges of cover-ups by him and others over abuse allegations against retired Archbishop Theodore McCarrick of Washington were sponsored by the Catholic Women’s Forum, a project of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a Washington-based think tank. The prologue to one of the letters declares, “This letter reflects the personal initiative of the individual Catholic women signing this letter, and is not sponsored by any group or organization.” The letter and invitations to sign it, though, are posted on the Catholic Women’s Forum’s website. The first letter, titled “Letter to Pope Francis from Catholic Women,” is dated Aug. 30, four days after publication of an 11-page letter by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former Vatican nuncio to the United States, …

Religion News Services: Catholic donor denies he consulted on Viganò allegations against Pope Francis

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Catholic donor denies he consulted on Viganò allegations against Pope Francis Jack Jenkins September 7, 2018 (RNS) — Timothy Busch, a conservative Catholic lawyer and donor, is denying claims he was consulted on a letter written last month by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò alleging, among other things, that Pope Francis ignored accusations of sexual abuse by a prominent cleric in Washington, D.C. Viganò’s 11-page letter alleges Francis rescinded sanctions placed on Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, by Pope Benedict XVI following allegations of sexual abuse of adult seminarians. Many have noted that if McCarrick was, in fact, under sanctions, he clearly defied them regularly under Benedict, who did not appear to enforce them publicly. The letter by Viganò, a former Vatican diplomat who has been openly critical of Francis, has been received as the most public breach in a long-brewing culture war within the Catholic Church over …

Catholic News Service: Letter confirms Vatican officials knew of McCarrick allegations in 2000

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Letter confirms Vatican officials knew of McCarrick allegations in 2000 By Robert Duncan and Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service 9.7.2018 2:47 PM ET VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A top official from the Vatican Secretariat of State acknowledged allegations made by a New York priest in 2000 concerning Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, according to a letter obtained by Catholic News Service. Father Boniface Ramsey, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church Yorkville in New York City, told CNS Sept. 7 that he received the letter dated Oct. 11, 2006, from then-Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, the former Vatican substitute for general affairs, asking for information regarding a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark who studied at Immaculate Conception Seminary and was being vetted for a post at a Vatican office. He made the letter available to CNS. http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2018/letter-confirms-vatican-officials-knew-of-mccarrick-allegations-in-2000.cfm

LifeSite News: Nebraska bishop urges ‘thorough’ probe: Viganò testimony ‘must be taken seriously’

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Nebraska bishop urges ‘thorough’ probe: Viganò testimony ‘must be taken seriously’ Dorothy Cummings McLean  Fri Sep 7, 2018 – 11:48 am EST GRAND ISLAND, Nebraska, September 7, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — A Catholic bishop in Nebraska has added his voice to those of other bishops calling for an investigation into allegations made by Archbishop Viganò. On September 4, Bishop John G. Hanefeldt of the Grand Island diocese in Nebraska issued a statement recognizing the former Apostolic Nuncio as a credible witness. “Because Archbishop Viganò held a unique and important position of leadership serving the Church in our country, the questions raised in his statement must be taken seriously,” he wrote. (The full statement is published below.) Recalling the statement of Cardinal DiNardo, the leader of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Hanefeldt added his support for a “a prompt and thorough examination of this entire crisis in leadership.” After …

Lifesite News: US archbishop: Viganò is ‘man of integrity,’ we must ‘ascertain the truth’

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Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, US archbishop: Viganò is ‘man of integrity,’ we must ‘ascertain the truth’ Thu Sep 6, 2018 – 3:54 pm EST September 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The incoming head of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life efforts, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, has released a lengthy statement on the ongoing clerical sex abuse crisis. Archbishop Naumann called Vatican whistleblower Archbishop Carlo Vigano “a man of integrity,” adding that “we cannot ignore” the fact that the majority of the victims described in the Pennsylvania grand jury report were post-pubescent males. He said that priests must be able to articulate Church teaching on sexuality “in a convincing and compelling way.” Naumann was elected last November to lead the U.S. Bishops’ pro-life office, and will begin his tenure this November. “It is inconceivable to me that the bishops who were involved with the settlements for McCarrick’s misconduct …

Settimana News: Viganò, a blessing in disguise for Francis

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Viganò, a blessing in disguise for Francis Francesco Sisci  5 settembre 2018 Was there a coup in the Vatican? Perhaps not, but there is proof that for the first time ever the Pope is a global leader. It is civil war in the Vatican! These days, that is the refrain in the international media following the wondrous allegations by ex-ambassador Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò against Pope Francis. The press is on fire with the story; yet Pope Francis said, and his secretary of state Cardinal Parolin repeated, that he is serene and unperturbed. This is certainly because he is at peace with God, but it is possibly also because he knows that the revolution he started in the Church, if it is real, it will break a little crockery. So there is nothing special here. What is really new – and it is the first time in the history of the …

Statements of Bishop Burbidge on Arbp Viganó’s Testimony

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Bishop Michael F. Burbidge was eating dinner with fellow priests when the news broke that former papal nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, had released his unprecedented letter detailing alleged misconduct in the Vatican. “I got in my car and I saw all these text messages. I said, ‘What is happening?’ ” said Bishop Burbidge, relaying the incident on his weekly “Walk Humbly Podcast.” After reading the letter, Bishop Burbidge echoes the call of Cardinal Daniel D. DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “We need to review (this) letter carefully, comprehensively, thoroughly and evidence needs to be given,” said Bishop Burbidge. “But the bottom line is, we need to know the truth. All the faithful need to hear the answers to the questions. Cardinal DiNardo is asking the Holy Father to assist in putting into place the support we need to get those answers.” …

Pope Francis and McCarrick: where does the evidence lead?

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Archbishop Viganò made four major claims. But do the facts support them? Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s testimony, published on Saturday, goes on for 7,000 words and names more than 30 public figures, mostly to denounce them. But at its heart are a small number of very serious allegations about Pope Francis’s treatment of Theodore McCarrick. Since the letter’s publication, some more evidence has emerged against which to test Viganò’s major claims. How do the allegations stand up? Claim 1: Pope Benedict XVI imposed sanctions on McCarrick Viganò writes: “Pope Benedict had imposed on Cardinal McCarrick sanctions similar to those now imposed on him by Pope Francis: the Cardinal was to leave the seminary where he was living, he was forbidden to celebrate [Mass] in public, to participate in public meetings, to give lectures, to travel, with the obligation of dedicating himself to a life of prayer and penance.” These came into …